first_img58, passed away on June 5. David was born in Bayonne and had resided there until moving to South Bound Brook 20 years ago. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was currently employed by RathGibson North Branch, New Jersey. Husband of Larissa O’Donnell. Brother of James O’Donnell, Patrick O’Donnell and his Wife Patricia, Judy Dobies and her Husband Mark, Deborah Whitney and her Husband Michael, Sandra O’Donnell and the late Dennis O’Donnell and his surviving Wife Diane. Uncle of many Nieces & Nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Anne (McMahon) and Francis O’Donnell. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Center For Hope, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Sleeping giant awakes

first_imgBakery giant Delice de France’s MD Ian Toal appears remarkably upbeat on the morning that we meet especially given the fact that Delice’s parent group, Aryzta, announced downbeat trading results that were more a Déplaisir de France the same day. Performance in the UK and Ireland was cited as a drag on the group’s fortunes, with operating conditions described as especially tough, contributing to a 10% drop in revenue in its European division in the six months to 31 January.On the face of it, things looked grim. Since Toal took charge of the biggest player in the bakery foodservice market two years ago, Delice has been walloped by the recessionary collapse of the UK’s hospitality sector. The exchange rate ramped up the cost of bringing in goods from Europe. And the country’s biggest wholesale food-service operator Brakes launched a specialist bakery division 12 months ago, to go head-to-head with Delice and wholesale rival 3663. At the same time, Delice was undergoing a tough period of restructuring, following the merger of its former parent company IAWS with Swiss baking giant Hiestand in 2007.”When you see the future results being published, you’ll see that all the reshaping we’ve done will start to pay dividends,” says an unfazed Toal. Delice is coming off the ropes with a strategy to mark its 25th anniversary this year, which Toal claims will give it a clear advantage in the market: it is no longer simply a distributor of products, like its rivals, but a large-scale manufacturer too. A massive plant claimed to be the most state-of-the-art French and speciality bread plant in Europe was built in Dublin 18 months ago at a cost of E200m (£177m), adding to the group’s 22 substantial baking sites around the world. The La Brea branded in-store bakery breads are now made there on its highly automated bulk fermentation line.”What I would say is [the UK] is seeing good trading figures now,” he says. “We’re through the worst of our own experiences. We’ve been through a whole learning curve. It’s not that easy to go from being a wholesaler to a manufacturer. We’ve invested heavily in equipment and plant, but also in skills, working hard to get some of the best bakers around. But we’ve had to go out and get a lot more customers because the market is still quiet. It has been a real journey, but we’ve come out of it really quite excited; we’re doing ok, but more importantly, we can see a vision for the future.”Since taking charge, Toal has aligned the business more clearly around trade channels and types of outlet, explaining that what works in a school wouldn’t work in a coffee shop or hotel. “It would have been easy for me to bring people in from the outside and create a senior management team,” he notes. “My key directors have all been with the business for many years. To change it with them has been more rewarding than to have changed it for them.”Even so, the threat from Brakes was significant. As an ex-Brakes man himself, how much did he fear them stealing Delice’s business? “When they first launched, we were going through that transition time and everybody looked at them and why wouldn’t they? because they were the new thing,” he recalls. “We are partly responsible for that. We’ve built this massive bakery and merged with a half-a-billion-euro business, and all of a sudden, most of what we sell is our own. That capacity [in the market] hasn’t gone away. What it meant was that people like Brakes got a lot of what we used to sell before we started making it ourselves.”But we’ve got 2,000 more outlets today than when Brakes launched La Boulangerie. We didn’t lose a major contract the whole time. Yes, a few little bits around the edges. But, if I’m honest, it made us speed up our transformation programme. We knew that we would be marginalised one day if we didn’t invest and control our own destiny. You cannot create products for people as easily if you’re going through three or four different third parties. If you’re a manufacturer, you should never be beaten by a wholesaler, because you have the manufacturing margin.”In fact, he defiantly states that Delice’s catalogue has around three times more products. “Everybody is pressured to get rid of range and reduce it down to a few SKUs. I’ve gone the other way, which some might think is madness.”Now published every six months rather than 12, to adapt more quickly to the market, it is more user-friendly with a picture against every listing; this change alone led to a double-digit uplift in sales of products that previously didn’t have an image. Delice also held prices, with French bread having been on a 10% free offer for over a year.It has focused on the multiple uses of products and features tips throughout the catalogue. For example, one demi-baguette was developed to split into four for sharing. “We didn’t think anything new could be done with a demi-baguette, and then someone comes up with a great idea that has multi-uses. How can you take a breakfast croissant and use it as a sandwich carrier for lunch? How can you take an arctic flatbread and turn it into a salad bowl? I have people whose job it is to sit and think of 10 different ways to use that product.”Proactive stanceThis is all part of his drive to be more forward-looking rather than simply respond to trends after they’ve happened. Was this part of the job pitch two years ago? “I saw what I believed to be a sleeping giant that had not necessarily moved with the times a fantastic speciality business that had started to lose its way,” he recalls. “I had a vision of getting us into a sharp shape in three to five years. The recession made us do that in two.”The positive outlook goes some way to explaining the sunny demeanour. “We might have been a bit dumb, fat and happy at one point, but we’ve become faster, better, leaner, without trimming the range back. We’ve come out of the end of a huge learning curve much, much healthier and much happier.” Delice de France at a glance l Delice de France was born out of a coffee shop by Frenchman Philippe Signolet, who had a vision in 1985 of bringing continental goods into the UK. It is the UK bakery foodservice arm of Aryzta – a Swiss-based business born in 2007 from the merger of two bakery giants: IAWS and Hiestand Group. Delice’s sister company Cuisine de France, which covers the retail channel and features in some 4,000 convenience stores plus the forecourt network, also comes under Toal’s stewardshipl Delice has plants in Dublin and Kettering; Aryzta’s Viennoiserie is made in Germany, Switzerland and Poland; and the largest US cookie brand Otis Spunkmeyer is also part of the group while the La Brea brand has plants statesidel It covers education, healthcare, pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes – around 20,000 different outlets per yearl Distribution is direct on an ’order today for delivery tomorrow’ basis, six days a weekl It has 22 retail outlets run by SSP and ISS, in enclosed environments like train stations, with no plans for the high streetlast_img read more

Education task force wants civics lessons to take bigger priority in schools

first_img Google+ Pinterest (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Civics would be a bigger part of your kids’ school day under recommendations from an Indiana task force.The 16-member task force of educators and representatives of all three branches of government says civics should be added to Indiana’s curriculum standards when they come up for review again in five years, with civics and political science courses added to the requirements for a teaching license.Brown County Schools Superintendent Laura Hammack says civics deserves the same emphasis the so-called STEM subjects have gotten. She says civic education can be woven into how those courses are taught without adding burdens to teachers’ workloads.The task force envisions elevating civic education in ways similar to what’s been done with science and math. It suggests certifying “democracy schools,” with at least 30 schools earning that designation in five years through programs from mock trial to volunteer projects. Teachers and students could receive extra recognition for excellence in those projects.The task force recommends requiring fifth and eighth graders to complete a civic education project, getting involved in new initiatives either in their schools or in the community.Shawn Healy, who chaired Illinois’s civic education task force says there are benefits beyond civics. He says Illinois found a correlation between teaching civics, better attendance and higher grades.Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch chairs the task force, which grew out of Indiana’s biannual Civic Health Index. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Education task force wants civics lessons to take bigger priority in schools Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana Chamber of Commerce issues priority list to lawmakersNext articleHealth leaders and hospitals in Marshall County fearing the worst Network Indiana Google+ By Network Indiana – November 21, 2020 1 337 WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

News story: Joint UK-Qatari Typhoon squadron stands up as defence relationship deepens

first_imgDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted the Amir Of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at the standing up ceremony of the UK-Qatar Joint Typhoon Squadron today (24th July).The event, held at Horse Guards, marked an important milestone in the two countries’ defence relationship and included defence talks to further strengthen the close partnership between the UK and Qatar.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Qatar remains a close and important friend to the UK and it is the only nation with which we have a joint squadron. This requires a level of trust, born from our long-shared history and our commitment to a shared future. Our formidable Typhoon jets will boost the Qatari military’s mission to tackle challenges in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home. As part of the multi-billion-pound contract to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft 9 Hawk T2 aircraft, No.12 Squadron will integrate Qatari personnel, including pilots and ground-crew, from 2019. The personnel will be initially stationed at RAF Coningsby, and then in Qatar, undertaking a package of training and co-operation with their UK counterparts. It represents a unique initiative, and not since the Second World War and the Battle of Britain has the RAF formed a squadron with another nation.The Joint Squadron will provide the Qatari Amiri Air Force (QAAF) with valuable experience operating the aircraft and speed up their preparation for when the first QAAF Typhoon are delivered in 2022.At the ceremony at Horse Guards, the Amir also received his Sandhurst Medal, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of his graduation from the Academy. The ceremony celebrated the historic and enduring links between UK and Qatari defence training academies.The two countries share mutual interests in countering violent extremism, and ensuring stability in the region, and this formation will further reinforce those ties by helping to prevent terrorism from spreading and protecting the prosperity and security of the UK at home.last_img read more

News story: New initiatives introduced to support modern service life

first_img It’s hugely important that the armed forces keep pace with modern society, creating a more attractive option to live, work and bring up a family. By making our policies fairer and more flexible, we will help retain our diverse and talented workforce and give them greater freedom as they carry out their service. Personnel have told us that they want more flexible working arrangements and so I’m delighted these measures are now in place. This new package of modern measures will help us retain personnel who want a more flexible approach to how they live, work and serve. These new measures, including new flexible working arrangements, expanded accommodation options and new co-habitation rules are designed to modernise the armed forces and ensure the military remains a competitive employer that meets the changing needs and expectations of service personnel and their families.As of today (April 1st) regular personnel can apply for Flexible Service, allowing them to work part-time for a defined period, and giving them the option to restrict the amount of time they would spend away from their home and their families, such as by limiting their deployability.A new pilot scheme is to be launched that will allow service personnel more choice in their accommodation, allowing them to rent homes off base, potentially with partners, friends, or military colleagues, rather than living on site.Finally, new policy is being introduced to allow couples in long-term relationships, including same sex couples, to live together in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA), subject to availability. Currently only married couples, those in civil partnerships, and those with legally dependent children can live in SFA.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: Flexible ServiceThe new legislation means personnel can apply to temporarily work part-time and restrict their separation from their home-base, should their personal circumstances change – whether it’s to care for young children or elderly relatives, or to embark on training or further education. It will also improve work life balance, and ensure the military is able to cater for an increasingly diverse work force. The operational capability of the armed forces will still come first, and will be the most important consideration when assessing all applications.Surveys show that the impact of a military career on families and personal lives is the most important factor that might influence personnel to leave service, which is why the new measures aim to retain those with invaluable training and experience.Future Accommodation ModelFrom September 2019, the new pilot for the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) will be rolled out to three military bases, starting with HMNB Clyde. The pilot, which will last for approximately three years, will also be established at Aldershot Garrison and RAF Wittering in 2020, ensuring the new policy is keeping pace with changing requirements and 21st century expectations, while also gathering evidence to inform future decisions.The FAM will provide more choice to service personnel regarding where and with whom they live, making use of the private rental sector, alongside existing options. This means personnel will be able to live near their children’s school or their partner’s work place, if they choose, and their rent will be in broadly the same as the equivalent type of SFA.Personnel are already supported by the Forces Help to Buy scheme which offers the opportunity to borrow up to 50% of their salary for a deposit, interest free. Currently, nearly 17,000 personnel have benefited from some £255-million of loans.Under FAM, entitlement to SFA will no longer be allocated according to the rank of individuals, but will instead focus on the size of the family, promoting fairness and ensuring homes are fit for purpose.CohabitationThe MOD has taken steps to broaden access to Service Family Accommodation (SFA) by amending current accommodation policy. From today, all service personnel, who have more than four years’ service in the armed forces and who are in a long-term relationship or have residential responsibility for a child will be able to apply to live together in surplus SFA at all UK bases where properties are available. This important change in policy to allow cohabitation will benefit all services and all ranks.last_img read more

Dopapod Announces 25+ Dates For Spring Tour 2017

first_imgJam group Dopapod has doubled down on a busy early 2017 with a fresh batch of spring tour dates. The band now has a 26-date spring tour ahead of them, starting with three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl and traveling through the Midwest and East Coast through late March and all of April.The tour will take the band through major East Coast cities like Philadelphia and Boston, as well as popular Midwest spots like St. Louis and Cleveland. Their tour schedule also includes several dates in the Southeast, including a spot at the SweetWater 420 Festival, before wrapping up on April 29th at Soundstage.Before all that, however, the band is set to play two nights in Colorado with their former tour-mates, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. More information about those shows can be found here.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

The Motet, Galactic Announce Co-Headlining 2019 Red Rocks Show With Moon Hooch

first_imgToday, AEG Presents has announced an exciting 2019 blowout at Red Rocks co-headlined by fan-favorite funk acts The Motet and Galactic. The show, set to take place on Friday, July 12th, 2019, will also feature support from Moon Hooch. With this year’s lineup, fans will get to enjoy a geographical funk cocktail—an appetizing mix of The Motet’s Colorado funk, Galactic’s New Orleans sound, and Moon Hooch’s NYC subway grooves.The Motet has made a habit out of bringing together diverse talent for an early-summer celebration at Red Rocks. This past summer, The Motet teamed with BoomBox and The New Mastersounds for their annual hometown performance on the rocks, where they also welcomed The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann and former band member Gabe Mervine to join in. In 2017, the Colorado-native funk collective was joined by 90’s hip-hop heavyweights Jurassic 5 and Bay Area blues/R&B outfit The California Honeydrops. The previous year, in 2016, The Motet was joined by Vulfpeck and Medeski, Martin & Wood for their first-ever headlining play at the amphitheater and their first with the band’s current lineup (Dave Watts, drums; Joey Porter, keys; Garrett Sayers, bass; Ryan Jalbert, guitar; Lyle Divinsky, vocals; Gabe Mervine, trumpet; Drew Sayers, sax). Before that, in 2015, they joined forces with co-headliner Lettuce as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Exmag for their Red Rocks affair.INTERVIEW: The Motet’s Dave Watts & Lyle Divinsky Talk Motet On The Mesa, Red Rocks, Bananas Smoking WeedGalactic has also been in the news as of late, as their name has been floated as a potential buyer for Tipitina’s in their native New Orleans after news broke last week that the iconic club’s owner is looking to sell amid legal and financial troubles. Additionally, Galactic is hitting the road with The Motet this winter for select northeast dates in early February–surrounding the NOLA act’s recently-announced album Already Ready Already, due out on Friday, February 8th.Tickets for The Motet, Galactic, and Moon Hooch at Red Rocks go on sale this Friday, November 30th at 10 a.m. local time via AXS.last_img read more

Switchback Results: Wild Horses and Spandex

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyShould wild horses be removed from Assateague Island?Yes: 1%The horses are not native to the islands and are suffering. They might seem like beautiful wild ponies, but in fact, they are non-native, feral horses brought over to the islands in the last century. Many have diseases, worms, and malnutrition. They’re also competing with native creatures for limited island resources. Many die getting stuck in marsh mud. And they’re destroying the marsh grasses and the sea oats along the dunes. For the sake of the horses’ health (and the island’s), their numbers should be reduced to a small demonstration herd. —Karen Tiemeyer, Mt. Laurel, N.J.No: 99%The wild ponies are as iconic to Assateague as the dunes and the lighthouses. They should not be removed. If the health of the ponies or size of the herd is of concern, then appropriate wildlife management practices should be considered. To remove the ponies would be a national tragedy. —Kristina Plaas, Knoxville, Tenn.Removing them from their homes will disrupt family units, cause undue stress to the horses, cost taxpayers money that can better be utilized somewhere else, create situations of homeless, unwanted horses that will be vulnerable to abuse and sale to slaughterhouses. —Emily Pompei, Hampton, Va. Those ponies have been there longer than most of us have been around. They are part of the region’s heritage and should be left alone. People have been culling the herds for generations and that should continue to keep the ponies from overrunning the islands and stay healthy.  —Kent Clow, Bellvue, Neb.The horses were there before man decided to take over the island. They are as much a part of it as the swamps and trees and grass and foliage and ocean. They must not be removed from the islands. —Gail Jordan, Washington, D.C. Spandex: Cool or Not Cool?Cool: 37%Spandex is cool—when covered up. It functions well as a material and feels good on the skin, but I’m glad that folks aren’t walking around at the crag anymore wearing their lycra tights. In the late 1980s, some of us climbers wore them as a fashion statement. Now I realize it’s much better to express that with your chalkbag, and not something that reveals the furniture placed in the front room. —Lynn Willis, Blowing Rock, N.C.Have you tried spending all day on a bike without it? Maybe it happened the day I said “I do,” or maybe it happened the day I turned 39, but at some point, self-preservation started winning out over cool. —Lisa Mattson, via e-mail 1 2last_img read more

Hempstead Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old Far Rockaway man was shot dead in Hempstead on Wednesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.A passerby found Troy Bell suffering from a gunshot wound on the corner of Linden Avenue and South Franklin Road at 12:23 p.m., police said.He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Sanders blasts Russia for reportedly trying to boost his presidential campaign

first_imgTopics : The Washington Post on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter, said US officials had told Sanders about the Russian effort and had also informed Republican President Donald Trump and US lawmakers.It was not clear what form the Russian assistance took, the paper said.A congressional source confirmed intelligence officials have told lawmakers Russia appears to be engaging in disinformation and propaganda campaigns to boost the 2020 campaigns of both Sanders and Trump.The source, however, cautioned that the findings are very tentative. Sanders said he was briefed about a month ago. His campaign noted the briefing was classified.”We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are going to get involved in this campaign,” Sanders told reporters. “Look, here is the message: To Russia, stay out of American elections.””What they are doing, by the way, the ugly thing that they are doing – and I’ve seen some of their tweets and stuff – is they try to divide us up,” he said. “They are trying to cause chaos. They’re trying to cause hatred in America.”Moscow denies The Kremlin on Friday denied Russia was interfering in the US presidential campaign to boost Trump’s re-election chances, following reports that American intelligence officials warned Congress about the election threat last week.”These are more paranoid announcements which, to our regret, will multiply as we get closer to the [US] election,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “They have nothing to do with the truth.”US intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing that Russia was again interfering in American politics ahead of November’s election, as it did in 2016, a person familiar with the discussion told Reuters on Thursday.Since that briefing, Trump has ousted the acting intelligence chief, replacing him with a political loyalist in an abrupt move as Democrats and former US officials raised the alarm over national security concerns.A senior administration official said the nation was better positioned than in 2016 to defend against foreign attempts to influence elections.”President Trump has made clear that any efforts or attempts by Russia, or any other nation, to influence or interfere with our elections, or undermine US democracy will not be tolerated,” the official said.Some of Sanders’ rivals for the Democratic nomination said they had neither received similar briefings nor word that Russia was working to boost their campaigns.Former Vice President Joe Biden told CNN on Friday: “I know Russia doesn’t want me to win. It’s really clear that Putin doesn’t want me to be the nominee, and Donald Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee.”US Senator Elizabeth Warren, while campaigning in Las Vegas, said there should be “as much transparency as possible” to block Russia from having “too much influence” in US elections.”This is about disinformation and the way to fight disinformation is to call it out, show what it is and give everyone full information as quickly as possible,” Warren told reporters.Russian Accounts Facebook declined to comment on whether it has seen any evidence of Russian assistance to Sanders’ campaign. In October, the company took down Russian-backed accounts that pretended to be from political battleground states.Some of those accounts used Instagram to praise Sanders. Another used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and faulted Biden on race issues.Jessica Brandt of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an organization that monitors foreign interference in US politics, said Russian state media and official social media accounts have been working to help Sanders by amplifying conspiracy theories that his Democratic rivals, the Democratic National Committee and the “corporate media” have been “rigging the system” against him.”We can say with certainty that this is what the Russian government is pushing,” she told Reuters. “We’ve seen for some time Russian official channels promoting division within the Democratic Party.”Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which works with Facebook to analyze state-backed information operations, said “Russian influence operations are equal opportunity hyperpartisan, with the overarching goal to drive Americans further away from each other.”US officials have long warned that Russia and other countries would seek to interfere in the Nov. 3 presidential election, following Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign that ended with Trump’s surprise victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.US intelligence agencies concluded that the Kremlin used disinformation operations, cyber attacks and other methods in its 2016 operation in an effort to boost Trump, an allegation that Russia denies. Trump, sensitive to doubts over the legitimacy of his win, has also questioned that finding and repeatedly criticized American intelligence agencies.Russia’s alleged interference sparked a two-year-long US investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Mueller found no conclusive evidence of coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. He also pointed at 10 instances in which Trump may have attempted to obstruct his investigation, as Democrats alleged, but left any finding of obstruction to Congress. center_img Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned Russia on Friday to stay out of 2020 White House elections after US officials had told him Moscow was trying to aid his campaign.”The intelligence community is telling us they are interfering in this campaign, right now, in 2020. And what I say to Mr. Putin, if elected president, trust me you are not going to be interfering in American elections,” Sanders told reporters in Bakersfield, California.Sanders, 78, a democratic socialist US senator from Vermont, is considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination and is favored to win the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.last_img read more